This Is Us
Uruguay is where we started.
This is my family history.
My father Jorge Manzanares first immigrated to the United States from Montevideo, Uruguay, a South American country known for its wealth of culture, soccer history and is the second smallest country in South America.
He came to Queens, NY and worked reupholstering furniture at Donghia, a company in Manhattan. When the company downsized he started his own business with his brother and a friend, Emily Nomer. The three worked hard and successfully launched Manzanares Furniture in New York while my mother, Nelly, worked as a seamstress in both Manzanares Furniture and The Flag Co. in PA. During that time, at only 13 years old, I was sad to leave my home, my country, but quickly embraced life in my new home in the United States.
Just like my parents, I became inspired to use my skill sets, start a company and follow my passion to help others.
Karen D. Manzanares, Founder and CEO
Realtor and Law Clerk
After immigrating with my family from Uruguay, South America at age 13, I am proud to have lived and worked in the Upper Merion community for three decades.
My passion for the Legal field began as an intern at the office of Chief Counsel while still at Upper Merion High School. I continued my education at Villanova University and then spent 22 years as a law clerk and Office Manager for the Governor’s Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Chief Counsel in King of Prussia.
Through my extensive law clerk experience, I assisted with eminent domain cases. I have not only seen the growth and changes, but was directly involved in litigation working with PennDOT attorneys, engineers, appraisers, and other public representatives in charges of planning and developing community improvement projects. Part of my duties also included being the office manager, hiring, training and building our office staff.
Adding Realtor® to my resume has allowed me to further serve the Upper Merion community and assist homeowners in selling, buying, and also managing rental properties. Throughout the process, I look to educate homebuyers and sellers and effectively market the team’s listings.
My dedication, business knowledge, and experience paired with my legal background makes me uniquely qualified to help you with your needs.
I am proud to be a member of the Board of The Montgomery County Paralegal Association and the Montgomery County Association of Realtors.
Derrick Real Estate, Inc.
5 Center Ave., Collegeville, Pa 19426
I am to work under an amazing friend and broker, Daniel A. McIntosh, Jr.
Dan grew up working with his father who was a realtor, a developer and a pastor. His father, Mr. McIntosh Sr., was one of the largest African American real estate brokers of his time. He was the developer who raised the Connie Mac Stadium, the baseball stadium the former Philadelphia A’s called home. He also helped develop Hope Plaza at 22nd & Lehigh St. in Philadelphia.
As a Broker with a business degree in Real Estate from Penn State, the years of experience and growing up with the remarkable mentorship of his father makes Dan unique.
THE LAW OFFICES OF MICHELLE A. FIORAVANTI
Michelle A. Fioravanti, Esquire
I met Michelle working at the PennDOT office in King of Prussia. As a former Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia and PennDOT lawyer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she has more than 25 years’ worth of trial experience with DUIs, criminal offenses, traffic violations and driver license and vehicle registration suspensions.
She is knowledgeable on all the maneuvers and tactics prosecutors and police officers use in DUI and other criminal cases. Allow us to use this experience to aggressively represent you, to ensure you are being treated fairly and your rights are safeguarded.
Bul XL Enterprises, Inc.
Lantana, FL 33462
Marketing Director and Operation Manager
I am beyond proud and very thankful to work with an amazing team, founders of Bul XL and friends, Shannon Hampton and Frank Wilson.